Day 17 of Art Every Day Month! Wow – this month is flying by! I keep a large journal, really just 14×17 spiral bound mixed media paper pad. It is a larger surface so I can use it to catch ink, paint, glue, anything that spills past an art project. So this one started with the spillage from when I painted a bunch of birds for another project.
I liked this one so much I wanted it to be just perfect. Thinking like this gets me into the scary, frozen place of “perfect” where it is difficult to make any decisions, let alone good ones.
I put the words on and they did not show up as brightly as I envisioned. It’s not perfect. My thoughts became a bit more stifling.
My raindrop ( by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) stencil has rescued me before, so I used it in a color I usually love. Not here. I thought it was rear end ugly. I’ve ruined it I thought. Now the pressure was off. It was already “ruined”.
So, I wanted different colors, different patterns – out came more of Julie’s stencils.
I wanted the words to pop so I outlined them with a Pitt pen. Still not enough though….
Adding a black outline to the words made me happy with the words.
I need to let go of perfect and trust that even if I “ruin” it I can just make something else I’ll like.